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The Osaka Cruise Terminal is in the north center of the harbor, next to the Osaka Aquarium. The Aquarium ias definitely worth a visit if you have the time. Transportation, like everywhere in Japan, is excellent. There is a subway stop one or two blocks away. From there, you can get anywhere very quickly.
Take a taxi. Japanese taxis are the best in the world.
The Japanese taxis may be the best in the world today but, when I was stationed in Japan
with the US Navy in the mid 1950's , the only thing Japanese taxi drives knew about driving was floorboarding the gas peddle and honking the horn. If you did not get out of thei way they would run over you. Sure hope things have changed.
We took the subways in Osaka . The Chuo line is a five minute walk from the Aquarium but I do not know how far away the dock area is from the aquarium so if lugging your bags around is a concern, then take a cab. Many of the subway stations do not have escalators/elevators so moving around with large bags can be a challenge. Just remember that they drive on the left and that there is no need for passengers/customers to open the taxi door. The driver has a device that opens the doors on the rear left hand side of the vehicle.